In the Reche Canyon in California, a wild burro was spotted on Saturday with an arrow dangling from its ear. An unknown culprit apparently shot the animal for fun. Animal service officers have tried to tranquilize the burro with darts as recently as Wednesday, but with the heat and stress, the safety of the burro’s health continues to be of concern by experts.
According to the non-profit group Donkeyland, volunteers from the group have joined in trying to round up the animal in order to give him needed medical attention. The latest photo showed the arrow is gone, but an open wound remains. On the organization’s Facebook page, the heartbreaking situation was explained:
“I was just minding my own business, next thing I knew, I had been shot with an arrow. Someone thought it would be fun to hurt me. What kind of a cheap thrill did they get? My ear really hurts and it is hard to graze. Every time I try to eat, this arrow pushes into my lower ear drum and head. Please if you see me in the field, call Animal Control and then call DonkeyLand so I can get the medical attention that I desperately need. DonkeyLand tried to help me just before dark but I was scared and ran off because too many local residents kept trying to intervene and interfere with me getting help. Please just keep your distance and call for help on my behalf. What ever you do, please do NOT yank this out of my ear and head. If you know who did this to me please report it to the local Police Department and/or Animal Control.
Remember NEVER wait and think someone else might make the call for help, YOU may be the ONLY voice for me!”
A video showed a cowboy chasing after the burro, but the animal was so scared he ran away. The chase was called off and expected to resume on Thursday. Meanwhile a $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit responsible for such a heinous act against an innocent animal.
“Outraged animal lover has come forward to offer a reward of $1,000.00 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrible act of animal cruelty by shooting this innocent free-roaming wild burro with an arrow.
Since they shot a burro, who’s to say that they would not shoot a pet horse, dog, cat, etc. To some it might not be any big deal but to this burro, this is his life and he deserves to be safe. The wild burros are federally protected animals and it is illegal to shoot, kill, feed, poison, herd, rope or kidnap any of the wild burros in Riverside County and San Bernardino County in Southern California – it is illegal even on private property. There is no excuse for harming or killing a defenseless animal.”
Submit a tip anonymously by emailing email@example.com or calling Riverside County Department of Animal Services at (951) 358-7387. Many thanks to everyone who helps preserve and protect the treasured wild burros.
(Photos of burro via Facebook Donkeyland)
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